Cle Austin of E.E. Austin & Son was recently presented the Southern Tier Builders Association's 2013 Circle of Excellence Award.
The award was presented by Stan Martinelli, association president. The award is given each year for outstanding contributions to the construction industry.
The E.E. Austin & Son Company has been operating for more than 100 years in northwestern Pennsylvania and southern New York. Austin represents the fourth generation of the Austin family in the business and has been in place for more than 30 years. The company was founded in 1906 by Edward Everett Austin, a former school teacher. In 1930 the company opened one of the first 100 ready-mix concrete plants in the country. Cle began working for E.E. Austin in 1976. In May 2000, he purchased Barnes Construction Corp. of Falconer. E.E. Austin's work includes but is not limited to Presque Isle Downs Race Track & Casino, St. Bonaventure's Walsh Science Center, Erie Shriners Hospital, The Robert H. Jackson Center, the Olean General Hospital and the NYSUT office building in Jamestown.
"One reason Cle's name came to the forefront was his overwhelming use of local labor on the WCA Hospital's Emergency Room project here in Jamestown," Martinelli said. "Cle and WCA went out of their way to make sure people in the community were working on a community-based hospital."